Mangaluru, Aug 26: The Investiture Ceremony of the Students’ Council of St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru was held on August 25 in the L F Rasquinha Hall of LCRI Block. The chief guest for the occasion was Jeevan Saldanha, eminent alumnus and proprietor, Spectrum Industries, Mangaluru and former president, KCCI. Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto SJ, rector of St Aloysius Institutions presided over the programme. Dr Praveen Martis SJ, principal; Dr Alwyn D’Sa, registrar of the College; Anup Denzil Veiags, director, Student Council; Binni Chan, assistant director, Student Council and Student Council leaders were on the dais.
Jeevan Saldanha in his address stressed on the importance of Leadership. He said that, academics are important, but there are other facets of life too are important. He further said, “You have time on your hands, use it wisely. It is the best time of your life which you will always reminisce your college days and your friendships. As a businessman, I am obliged to motivate you to be a Leader and an Entrepreneur or a Business Leader in future”. He also said that, “Technology has levelled the playing field in this fast changing world. We have Ola’s, Zomato, Flipkart and many other high-profile ventures started by young men and women, just in their twenties. India is the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world with an average of 3 to 4 businesses being launched every day. A startup entrepreneur needs to learn how to evaluate opportunities and influence emerging technology.”
Addressing the students, Dr Praveen Martis, SJ said, “You are all called to be the leaders of St Aloysius College, so celebrate your leadership. You are representing the 6000-plus students of this institution, which should make you proud. Leadership is the special quality that you have in yourselves. A great leader should have the qualities like self-awareness, ingenuity, love and heroism. Develop these qualities to prove yourselves as good leaders.”
Fr Melwin Pinto SJ in his presidential remarks said, “Leadership is not a position, it is a passion. Be proud of where you come from, and develop the power of empowerment. The characteristics of Jesuit education insist on pursuit of excellence; respect for the world; critical thinking and effective communication; special concern for the poor; and caring for hope. Bring out ideals in your own way. You should know about three things to be a successful leader i.e., logical thinking, critical thinking and lateral thinking.” He wished best of luck for the students in their future endeavours.
Fr Praveen Martis SJ administered the oath to the president Letitia Nathalia DCosta, III BA; vice president, Justin Mathias, III BCA; secretary, Aden Nathaniel Vassou, II BCA; joint secretary, Blanche Rodrigues, II BCom; cultural secretary, Yashaswini Bhat, II BBA, sports secretary, Jenson DSouza, III BBA; principal’s Nominee, Viola Reshma Lewis, III BCom and Vineeth, II BSc and all the class representatives and association secretaries.
On this occasion, the Students Council Directory was released by the chief cuest.
Binni Chan, assistant director of the Students’ Council meticulously compered the programme. Anup Denzil Veigas welcomed the gathering. Letitia Nathalia DCosta, president of Student Council rendered the vote of thanks.